For your own health

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Those with pain as the result of injury or fatigue know how difficult it is to find the right physical therapy clinic. Many clinics only offer a limited set of therapy solutions, which may help with certain things, but not manage pain or help with other parts of the recovery process. Anybody that has experience physical therapy knows that it is a difficult process both physically and mentally, and demands a certain level of expertise for people to perform the job effectively.

And while all physical therapy specialists are trained in what they do, there are fewer professionals that get everything about what the job entails. Not only do you need to be good at pain management and have good bedside manner, but it is crucial that you let the people know the timeline for the recovery process and what they can do to help expedite the process.

Today’s world

Is demanding both physically and mentally, which means that in order to succeed, people need to know what they are looking for. In order to find the right physical therapy clinic for the job, it is essential that patients do their homework and make sure they are getting the level of help that they need. It is not always about what is convenient, but what is best for the patient. Knowing what to look for and where to look can alleviate a lot of concerns and help make the best of a bad situation.

Don’t be caught in a physical therapy situation that you don’t find ideal. Read reviews, talk to physical therapy specialists, and learn all about the operation before signing up. As stated before, physical therapy has more to do with the person performing it than the science itself, although the science is important too. In order to find the best care for the right price, be sure to check all of your available resources before making a decision.

Conclusion

Finding the right physical therapy department can be difficult, but if you know what you are looking for, it becomes a lot less painful both physically and emotionally.

 

Caring for yourself

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In America, as a culture, we view healthcare as something that is incumbent upon the individual to provide for themselves. In other countries, there is free healthcare for all citizens, and while many would argue that this is a superior way of caring for a population, we must live in the country in which we live. With that said, there are a number of ways in which to care for yourself.

The first is to of course, sign up for mandatory healthcare, which is provided by the government. Not only is there a penalty for not doing so, but depending on one’s income, there are a number of affordable options for both families and individuals. Aside from that, there are a number of other ways to ensure that trips to the hospital are less frequent and less expensive.

Living healthy

Part of the reason our society has such a problem with affordable healthcare is large in part to how we take care of ourselves. Many of us are underslept, overworked, and do not have enough free time to balance our lives. The best way to cope with this is by eating right and exercising regularly, even when you don’t feel as though you have time to do so.

This can be as simple as eating less meat, more vegetables, and walking for as little as half an hour a day. there is no doubt that the healthcare system is not perfect, but if we take care of our bodies, which is also incumbent upon ourselves, then we can live a longer, healthier, happier life free of financial burden.

Medicine in culture

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Being from the United States, there is a certain way in which I view medicine, in that it is an important part of our health and something that should be focused on at all times. What I mean by this, is that in terms of what the word refers to as Western medicine, I believe that it is the ultimate way in which to care for our society.

Western medicine, which revolves highly around the use of pharmaceutical drugs and surgery, is one that is highly debated. Although many believe that there are some definite advantages to it, others believe in the body’s natural healing power and that of the earth.

Voodoo or not?

What is commonly referred to as Eastern medicine involves becoming more in-tune with the body and the world and using natural remedies to stave off illness. And while many believe that this is the best way to care for the body, others believe that Western medicine is the better option.

In essence, what you get is two sides to the same coin. Healthcare is an important part of our society and culture, and it differs depending on where in the world you are. One thing that we can take away from these two divergent forms of medicine is that both have their merits. We lived without modern medicine for a long time, and the earth was still able to sustain our existence. The only thing we can really know is that both Eastern and Western medicine has its advantages.

What it means to be human

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Medical science is evolving at such a rapid rate that there may come a time when we can be sustained by medicine far beyond the number of years that human beings actually live. Think about a future when small machines can be injected into people and essentially “clean them out”. This means unclogging arteries, killing cancerous cells, destroying dead tissue, and any number of any medical processes.

Now think about this not only being completely natural, but also inexpensive. Sure, it won’t be at first, which is a different problem, but there may be one day where any person, rich or poor can receive medical technology that keeps them going for much longer than some people would argue they “should”.

In this world

We must balance between the world of humanity and medical science. When does it become a question of whether or not we should use the technology that we developed to perhaps defy the laws of nature. There will be a heated debate on either side, and there is no simple answer to this dilemma.

It essentially becomes a choice between whether we believe that we are what our medical advancements allow us to be, or whether we are human beings that are born, live, and die in roughly 100 years or less. We live in an interesting time, and many of us may see this divide within our lifetime. Will you be a person that supports this technology or someone that believes it is a form of playing god?

The wonderful world of technology

Every time I fire up the Internet I am amazed by the amount in which medical technology is advancing on a daily basis. Just think about this, the life expectancy for a male in the 1950s was nearly ten years less than it is today. That to me is amazing to think about, in just 40 years, we have learned to how prolong the average life of a person by ten years.

In addition to the rapid increase in technology from a larger scale, think about the personal devices that we use that allow us to live happier, healthier lifestyles. There are a number of small, handheld devices capable of tracking numerous dietary needs, heart rate and other health aspects that allow us to better understand how to live well.

What the future holds

We’ve already used artificial hearts, artificial limbs, microchips that monitor blood sugar, and new forms of surgery that allow us to fix people with minimum pain and hassle. And this is within the last 40 years. If medical technology continues to advance at its current pace, the sky is the limit.

Perhaps one day we will be able to monitor the brain activity of someone with a mental illness in order to identify how to better treat it. Or perhaps we can use stem cells to reverse the spread of cancer. There is no limit to how high we can go with the rapid evolution of medical technology. And I, for one, can’t wait to see what the future holds.

The rising cost of prescription drugs

Prescription drugs have long been a debate within the medical world. On one hand, you have large pharmaceutical companies competing against each other for a share of the market, but on the other hand you have a lot of people that are unable to afford the medicine that they need. Profits are so large in the world of pharmaceuticals, that it is almost amazing to think that prices will go anywhere but up.

What this creates is a situation in which profits are so high that companies want to keep innovating new and more effective forms of drugs. Generic brands are not allowed to contain some of the same ingredients as name brand drugs, which leads to some people getting lower quality medicine than others.

A huge dilemma

The problem with drug costs being so high, is that people are not able to get medicine that they need to treat serious conditions, or in some cases, function within society. This not only leaving people with little recourse, but also putting an ethical burden on the big companies to do the ethical thing.

In a world where innovation is the prime goal rather than giving people the medicine that they need, you create a problem where companies may need to forego some of their profits in order to better serve the public.

Conclusion

The cost of drugs is through the roof, and the solution to the problem is not an easy one. What it will take is a change in how we view medicine and the well-being of our population moving forward.

 

Healthcare for all

The Affordable Care Act is, for many doctors and patients a step in the right direction. As the only industrialized or “first world” country in the world without affordable (free) healthcare for all of its citizens, the United States has a long way to go in terms of competing with the rest of the world. And although we are taking steps in taking care of our citizens, rich and poor, there is still much work to be done.

As a doctor, it has come to my attention that most of my patients, even ones with healthcare, are paying way too much in fees to justify going to the doctor. What this means is that many of my patients have serious conditions that could have been avoided had they only come in sooner. This is quite discomforting to me, as I deal with this every day of every week.

Flipping the script

What we need to do is realize that every person, rich or poor should have the same free access to medicine. Now as a doctor, you may think that it is strange to think that, as the workload of doctors would increase dramatically in that event. And while this is a legitimate concern, there is always the option to train more doctors and give them incentive to work toward the betterment of the world.

Nobody said that bringing everyone affordable healthcare would be easy, or cheap, but isn’t it time we caught up with the rest of the world?